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garden girls

hey y’all!

hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. i celebrated by going to a movie (hangover, which was v. funny. oh, and bradley cooper wasn’t so painful to watch, either) in a cool, dark theater with my sweet, accommodating hubby. but for those of you who braved the extreme temperatures to see the fireworks, etc. … better you than me!

WHO can even junk in this heat?! not moi. i noticed there were only 14 yard sales (compared to 70-something on previous weekends) listed in the classifieds (okay, okay. i know i said i wasn’t gonna look, but i couldn’t help a little peek) for this weekend. doesn’t surprise me. even the most gung ho junker has to hang up her junking bonnet for a while when it gets this hot.

however, i did host a garden party a couple of days ago in honor of the july birthday FAGs , jannetta and bonnie. yes, it was hot as hell, but with the help of a patio table umbrella and a couple of oscillating fans, we managed to enjoy a relaxing and yummy brunch in my new garden area.

in an effort to duplicate a tea room atmosphere and menu, i served various flavored iced teas, chicken salad on a croissant, a baby spinach salad with fresh mushrooms, fresh-off-the-vine cherry tomatoes, black olives, and a banana nut muffin. for dessert, a yummmmmy fruit pizza.

my daughter tara volunteered her services as waitress (thanks again tara!) so that i could sit and relax with the girls. she wore one of my vintage aprons (actually she wore two because she couldn’t decide between them) and did an excellent job of pampering us.

it was a delicious brunch and a special time of making memories. i think the birthday girls had a good time and enjoyed their very own garden party brunch. happy birthday to my dear pals!

enjoy the pics. you can see that my garden is coming along. it’s a work in progress that will be years in the making. but i’m trying to enjoy the journey, despite the july texas heat.

love and hugs,
terry lee

“I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again”

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

... and a hug

... and a hug

let's get the show on the road!

let's get the show on the road!

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

the scene of the crime

the scene of the crime

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

jannetta takes it all in

jannetta takes it all in

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

jannetta gets silly with her lei

jannetta gets silly with her lei. it might be the heat ...

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

the birthday girls, full and happy

the birthday girls, full and happy

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

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trade days

hey y’all!

the FAGs have returned from fredericksburg’s trade days and i’m just guessing, but i bet frederick and his little burg will not soon forget the FAGs. when we hit a town, we HIT it HARD.

okay, sometimes harder than others. i’ll admit to some shananigans here and there across texas but i must say we (the FAGs) were rather docile this weekend. it might’ve been the rain on saturday. the cooler temps. the swampy, muddy muckiness that we had to traipse through to get to the vendors/barns. i don’t know. but in that true FAG spirit, we persevered. can’t keep US away from The Junk Hunt … nor rain or sleet or snow, blahblahdiddyblah blah.

it seems The Head FAG (moi) was the only one wearing sensible footwear (my skechers running shoes … not that i EVER run … with lots of arch and heel support) for that kind of slogging and slopping about.

FAG #2 (let’s call her Bonnie for laughs) wore FLIP FLOPS. cute. v. v. cute. pink, even!! and cute pink toenails to match!! on ANY other day, she would’ve been stylin’. well, she was stylin’ … but after smushing her way through the mucky field of ankle-deep muck, she wasn’t feeling so stylish after all. bless her heart.

FAG #3 (jannetta, by default) wore her funky (but stylish!) TOE sock shoe thingies. i don’t know what they’re called. but they’re not toe socks. they actually have a rubber sole on them. they just look like toe socks. she was pretty mucked up too, as it happens.

now, having said all that, we didn’t let footwear (or lack thereof) nor the rain, nor the v. cool, breezy weather keep us from FAGGing away at trade days.

the vendors were marking things down because of the rain. “rainy day specials!” some of them called it. i’d never been to trade days or anything like it and i was, well, slightly overwhelmed and overstimulated. 6 barns full of junk. acres more of outside vendors (they were rained out on saturday but up and running on sunday). oh my!

by mid-afternoon, my poor old bones (and muscles and joints and every other fiber in my tired old body) were creaking, aching, throbbing, SCREAMING at me and i had to raise the white flag. sorry FAGs. yes, i was the party pooper. ME.

we checked into our hotel and i rested while the others went on their merry way. good! y’all go on, little FAGs and have fun. after a hot shower and popping a pain pill, i crawled into bed and tried to sleep. TRIED being the operative word. seems as if we had some sort of motorcycle gang-like people next door and they were on the noisy side. arghh. do i complain NOW, or LATER?

please don’t misconstrue. i am NOT anti-motorcycle gangs. honestly. i don’t personally own a hog, or whatever the hell it is they call them, nor do i especially enjoy the *noise* that they make, or the black leather and chains and studs and bandanas that the riders wear, god bless them. it’s just not my cup of tea. however, i DO take issue with noisy people at hotels. even if they’re driving a mini-van … heck, especially if they’re driving a mini-van.

thankfully, as it happens, the motorcycle “gang” quieted down and we didn’t hear or see them until we left our room to check out. they were hanging out next to their cycles, preparing themselves (bandanas? check! mirror-reflective sunglasses? check! ciggies? check! tight-jeaned b!tch? check!) for the day’s adventure.

bonnie and i edged quietly past them, heads down, trying not to stare, while loading up the camry. when we got in the car, we felt safe enough to take a closer look at them. sheesh! they were about our age (grownup hippies) and were very subdued and civilized with their bottles of evian water (which they probably used to chase down their morning blood pressure pill and anti-depressant).

no WONDER they were so quiet last night! they were SLEEPING! so much for my “motorcycle gang” story having an exciting ending … haha.

it was a fun weekend, as it always is when FAGGing. even if we didn’t land in jail (haha) or have a tumble with a gang of hog-riders, we did get lots of treasures … some to take home in my camry, some to store in our hearts forever. wouldn’t trade THAT for anything.

enjoy the pics.

love and hugs,
terry lee

KILLER rug!! have been searching for the perfect colors/roses on a rug for my paris room. found her!! used and a bit scruffy, but oh-so-lovely. and it wasn't for sale. had to do a little pleading with the vendor ... but in the end, she sold it to me. for a SONG!

KILLER rug!! have been searching for the perfect colors/roses on a rug for my paris room. found her!! used and a bit scruffy, but oh-so-lovely. and it wasn't for sale. had to do a little pleading with the vendor ... but in the end, she sold it to me. for a SONG!

another view ... it is PERFECT in that room!

another view ... it is PERFECT in that room!

v. pretty retro ottoman ... love the color!!

v. pretty retro ottoman ... love the color!!

gorgeous pink chandie, i'm thinking it'll find its home in my bedroom

gorgeous pink chandie, i'm thinking it'll find its home in my bedroom

another view ... i LERVE it!!!

another view ... i LERVE it!!!

v. sweet little girl (that blonde ponytail and bangs is SOOO lil' terry lee!) with clock and cat. too sweet to pass up. her clock doesn't work, but when i got home and pulled her at of the bag, she was TICKING!!! and then she stopped. hmmmph.

v. sweet little girl (that blonde ponytail and bangs are SOOO lil' terry lee!) with clock and cat. too sweet to pass up. her clock doesn't work, but when i got home and pulled her out of the bag, she was TICKING!!! and then she stopped. hmmmph.

one of my fave pieces of the trip. had a NFS sticker on it. whaa?!?! when it finally (duh) occured to me what NFS meant, i KNEW i had to have it! she's too lovely. and PINK. little old lady vendor at an antique mall didn't wanna sell her, but as usual, my wicked wiles prevailed.

one of my fave pieces of the trip. had an NFS sticker on it. whaa?!?! when it finally (duh) occurred to me what NFS meant, i KNEW i had to have it! she's too lovely. and PINK. little old lady vendor at the antique mall didn't wanna sell her, but as usual, my wicked wiles prevailed.

another view ... so bel et féminin!

another view ... so bel et féminin!

woohoo! found a PINK lu-ray platter for a steal! will add her to my growing lu-ray collection that started with my mom's blue platter. love those pastels!!

woohoo! found a PINK lu-ray platter for a steal! will add her to my growing lu-ray collection that started with my mom's blue platter. love those pastels!!

lovely pink flowered platter. a gift from jannetta, thanks!

lovely pink flowered platter. a gift from jannetta, thanks!

sweet hand-crafted piece ... love the colors in this too! rainy day special: $3

sweet hand-crafted piece ... love the colors in this too! rainy day special: $3

another cutie by the same vendor. goes perfectly in my paris room! $1

another cutie by the same vendor. goes perfectly in my paris room! $1

ATTENTION!

ha! i bet you thought i had finally stopped talking. well, almost.

if you’re interested in a fantastic blog contest with a super-duper prize, check out my sister’s blog, Welcome to My World to read all about it!

okay, now i’m done. 🙂

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gracie2

hey again y’all,

hate to keep complaining (some of you who know me well, may beg to differ, haha), but this unseasonably warm and muggy weather lately is really putting a damper on my energy levels and enthusiasm to do ANYthing short of taking naps in my dark, air conditioned bedroom.

so last weekend one of my FAGs and i hit the road (the other one went awol on us … okay, she was doing something honorable and noble like walking to raise money for the hope pregnancy center … while the other two of us went schlepping across central texas in search of that PERFECT treasure at all the garage sales, estate sales, church rummage sales, etc.). very selfish, the two of us. out there chasing our dreams and scheming of future jaunts like next weekend’s fredericksburg’s trade days.

but what a BLAST we had. my poor camry hasn’t been that packed in a long time. reminds me of the good old days when FAGGing was in full gear. oh, if you don’t know what FAGGing is and if you’re curious, you can click The Journey is Everything to read all about it. it was our “outting” blog. haha

first stop was an estate sale. i cleaned out an entire bedroom. well, almost. it had the most beautiful PINK ROSE comforter set with matching curtains. for an extra little amount, she threw in the fantastic vintage window w/mirror that was hanging above the bed.

our second stop was a sweet little yard sale run by some v. nice ladies who actually allowed jannetta (the FAG in question) to use their restroom AND write a check for her goods. ohmy. AND their prices were like THE BEST you could hope for.

“oh, 25 cents for this. 10 cents for that.”

that kinda thing. you junkers know what music that is to your ears. i must say, i’d never ever let a yard sale customer use my bathroom. call me not nice, call me anything you want, but i just wouldn’t. nor would i accept a check from someone i didn’t know. very well. but these ladies were better women than i am and they restored (somewhat) some lost faith in womankind.

we hit lots more sales, including the salado flea market thingy where we actually saw belly dancers perform (whaa?!), a church rummage sale where nothing was priced … they only accepted donations at YOUR discretion (not my cup of meat, i prefer to be told what it costs … otherwise i feel guilty because i’m a neurotic middle child) and many other yard sales. we were soooooo hot and tired and sweaty by lunch time.

and speaking of LUNCH, we backtracked a bit in order to eat in salado. jannetta wanted me to try out a quaint little place called adelea’s (i thought it was pronounced “uh-deal-yuhs”. but NO. wrong again, princess smart-ass. you say it “add-uh-leez”. emPHAsis on the first syLLAble.)

her younger cousin michael is the chef there and so we made a big to-do about knowing the chef and asking for him. he recently graduated from a wonderful culinary school in austin. he was v. kind and gracious and even gave me a sample of his chicken and dumplings (my all time fave comfort food). i loved them, but it was so dang hot i just didn’t have the stomach to eat something warm.

but the deli sandwich was delish and the home made pecan pie with chocolate drizzled over it was TO. DIE. FOR. honestly. i thought i’d died and gone to pecan heaven. michael said they get their pecans from a local vendor in salado. locally grown, locally baked, locally eaten, by local FAGs. us. yum.

okay, i have digressed waaaaay more than usual. what i WANTED to write about was a sweet little girl named gracie. she was the daughter of the yard sale lady who had the great prices and let jannetta use her restroom. while i was perusing her mama’s merchandise, she decided to follow me from table to table. she’d hide under something, then spring up and surprise me with a “Boo!”

this went on the entire time we were there. what a darling. probably about 5 years old. not sure why she latched onto me … must be my pied piper charms. haha. when we were loading up the car, she walked over and handed me a little flower. okay, honestly, it was a weed. picked from her front yard. but to me it was the most beautiful flower in the world. after i thanked her demonstratively (my mama didn’t raise no ingrate), i asked what her name was. she said, “gracie.”

“well of course it is. what else would it be?” i said to her. and i meant it. her mom and aunt were v. gracious to us and little gracie was nothing but a sweetheart, providing me with joy and amusement during our entire visit. you can’t put a price on that.

lord almighty. my word count is now officially 860. sheesh. and i didn’t even get to HALF of what i wanted to share with you. maybe the pics will fill in some of the blanks. enjoy!

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

yummy pink rose comforter and curtains and sheets

yummy pink rose comforter and curtains and sheets

close up

close up

old window frame w/mirror. gonna yank off that swag that came with it and use something else. will be part of my bedroom makeover

old window frame w/mirror. gonna yank off that swag that came with it and use something else. will be part of my bedroom makeover

great little turquoise train case. i lerve it!

great little turquoise train case. i lerve it!

find o' the day! a precious blue vintage lu-ray bowl ... got it with a bunch of other goodies at the church rummage sale. gave them $4 for the lot. and i have the matching platter that was my mom's!

find o' the day! a precious blue vintage lu-ray bowl ... got it with a bunch of other goodies at the church rummage sale. gave them $4 for the lot. and i have the matching platter that was my mom's!

with my mom's lu-ray platter in background

with my mom's lu-ray platter in background

this beauty speaks for itself. got it for prolly 25c. hard to tell since i bought so much with it.

this beauty speaks for itself. got it for prolly 25c. hard to tell since i bought so much with it.

like these precious vintage cups and saucers

like these precious vintage cups and saucers

pair of vintage serving utensils and a grrreat pink melmac-ish bowl and platter

pair of vintage serving utensils and a grrreat pink melmac-ish bowl and platter

vintage avon bottle called garden girl (pink!) and sweet little white bird (another vintage avon)

vintage avon bottle called garden girl (pink!) and sweet little white bird (another vintage avon)

another view ... so precious!

another view ... so precious!

great little tins from the church rummage sale. esp love the french girl

great little tins from the church rummage sale. esp love the french girl

oh-so-lovely rose cup, again from the church rummage sale (part of my very well spent 4 bucks)

oh-so-lovely rose cup, again from the church rummage sale (part of my very well spent 4 bucks)

you can't tell by the pic, but this little beauty is VERY tiny. about 1 1/2 inches tall. love its pinkness and rose designs

you can't tell by the pic, but this little beauty is VERY tiny. about 1 1/2 inches tall. love its pinkness and rose designs

a PILE of vintage crocheted doilies for 25c. wow.

a PILE of vintage crocheted doilies for 25c. wow.

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hey guys!

by now all the little ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks, power rangers and princesses have made their way back home after haunting the streets for treats.

i thought when my youngest turned 12 or 13, he’d lose interest in halloween. not. he’s 15 and still likes to dress up, even if he’s just handing out candy to the little guys.

so be it. life’s too short not to be happy … whether it’s dressing up for halloween, reading in bed with your husband or junking with your best friends.

below are pics of some “treats” for y’all … yummy treasures i wanted to share. lots from sue, some from other junking haunts.

love, hugs and HAPPINESS to all,
terry lee

SWWWWEEEEET rusty pink metal doll clothes wardrobe. oh.my.gosh!!

SWWWWEEEEET rusty pink metal doll clothes wardrobe. oh.my.gosh!!

precious little collage, sue's magic

precious little collage, sue's magic

some handmade tags (yes, sue's stuff!)

some handmade tags (yes, sue's stuff!)

dear friend bonnie gave me this TOO sweet embroidered pillowcase. Thanks, Bon!

dear friend bonnie gave me this TOO sweet embroidered pillowcase. thanks, bon!

My good friend Jannetta unloaded this heap of gorgeous pink tulle on me recently. WOW!!!!! Thanks, JEB!

my dear friend jannetta unloaded this heap of gorgeous pink tulle on me recently. WOW!!!!! thanks, JEB!

i'm a sucker for 'rose' anything! my mom's middle name was rose. here's a precious treasure collection from sue

i'm a sucker for 'rose' anything! my mom's middle name was rose. here's a precious treasure collection from sue

here we go! rose cottage collage!! love it!

here we go! rose cottage collage!! love it!

have had this a while and realized i hadn't posted a pic yet. an awesome vintage collage on a lady's slip. how marvelous is that?!

have had this a while and realized i hadn't posted a pic yet. an awesome vintage collage (sue's) on a lady's slip. how marvelous is that?!

another collage. princess chic. hello!?!?! that's moi!!

another collage. princess chic. hello!?!?! that's moi!!

'pearls' collage, over my mantel.

'pearls' collage, over my mantel.

pastel christmas trees in a planter. how cool is that?! sue, you ROCK!

pastel christmas trees in a planter. how cool is that?! sue, you ROCK!

whatup?! it's a little pink bench thingy with a votive in the box. hmmm. too cute!!

whatup?! it's a little pink bench thingy with a votive in the box. hmmm. too cute!!

some new boxes paired with treasure finds from sue's booth

some new boxes paired with treasure finds from sue's booth

i love this little tin. bumped iti up against a sweet floral thing by sue

i love this little tin. bumped it up against a sweet floral piece by sue

some vintage mixed with newer teasures (the little white pyrex with turquoise on the side was my mother's)

some vintage mixed with newer teasures (the little white pyrex with turquoise on the side was my mother's)

found this cutie at an antique store about a year ago. lost it in my garage and forgot about it. found it the other day!

found this cutie at an antique store about a year ago. lost it in my garage and forgot about it. found it the other day!

it's an old box, painted pink with an old quilt piece on the cover.

it's an old box, painted pink with an old quilt piece on the cover.

sweet little ballerinas oil painting; a 25cent GW find

sweet little ballerina oil painting; a 25cent GW find

paris market tote (sue's work)

paris market tote (sue's work)

found this old picture tossed in some trash behind texas roadhouse a couple of weeks ago. and i wasn't even LOOKING for junk! it found ME! ;-)

found this old picture tossed in some trash behind texas roadhouse a couple of weeks ago. and i wasn't even LOOKING for junk! it found ME! 😉

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